WSU tuition for 2013-14
Wayne State University has worked hard over the years to maintain low tuition amid steadily declining state support, including a 15 percent cut just two years ago and the lowest percentage increase among Michigan’s public universities for the second year in a row.
After a thorough analysis of our financial situation, which includes budget cuts of more than $50 million over the past three years and $19 million for the upcoming fiscal year, we have reached the point where we need additional revenue to invest in maintaining our academic and research quality.
As a result, the University’s Board of Governors voted today to increase tuition 8.9 percent, or approximately $900 per year for full-time resident undergraduate students taking 30 credit hours. This was a difficult decision for the Board, but it was made in the interest of allowing the University to balance its budget while establishing a firm foundation for the future.
For students in need of financial assistance, Wayne State will increase its financial aid by $6.2 million, or 11 percent this year. The University’s institutionally funded aid now will be $62.2 million, a 231 percent increase since 2002 and a 78 percent increase since 2007. More than 80 percent of all Wayne State undergraduate students receive some form of need- or merit-based financial aid.
Any increase is difficult, and a burden for our students. But we cannot afford to neglect the university’s quality, which is an asset to our students, our community, and the state of Michigan. It is important to note that Wayne State's freshman tuition remains competitive, and is substantially lower than that of Michigan's other two major research universities.
Wayne State University remains committed to being both a major research university and a university of opportunity, where students from diverse backgrounds have a chance to earn a college degree in an environment of academic excellence—a chance they might not get elsewhere. To continue fulfilling these important missions, we must invest in our future.
On behalf of the Board of Governors, thank you for your understanding and support.